It is the widest glacier of the Brenta (0.19 km2) and in rapid withdrawal. It occupies a circus with NW exposure. It is a mixed-feed glacier, from direct snow and avalanches, which branch off from the vertical walls of the peaks.
The Agola glacier is a small glacier representative of the type of glaciers present in the Brenta Group. Particularly spectacular and significant are the glacial morphologies of erosion and accumulation that characterize the surroundings of the glacier. Foe axample the lateral moraines of the small glacial age – PEG. Despite the intense glacial fusion, we note the absence of a pro-glacial torrent. This is immediately captured by the karstic water circulation system that characterizes the Brenta Group.
In the last 20 years, the Agola glacier has suffered a loss of thickness of 13 meters of ice and the front has retreated 80 meters. In 2005 a survey with georadar measured the thickness that was 23 meters on average. In the current climatic conditions, which cause the loss of 2 meters of ice every year, the Agola Glacier could become extinct in fifteen years.
In the Brenta Dolomites Group according to the New Italian Glacier Inventory published in 2015, based on the data collected in 2011, there are 20 small glaciers that extend over a total area of 0.86 km2. They are the glaciers that have been most influenced by the effects of climate change, having recorded the greatest contraction (up to a – 73%). Today, after almost a decade since the last official surveys, the situation has certainly changed. Some of the glaciers have disappeared or are running out.
New Italian Glacier Inventory (2015). 2011 Surveys
Type: Mountain (Pyrenean)
Shape: Circle-Deep valley
Feeding: Direct + Avalanches
Inventory C.G.I .: 657